You'll live happily ever after in these bohemian chic wedding gowns from the Honolulu bridal boutique Magnolia White.
This moody editorial photographed by Jessica Wertheim has a little bit of fall flair (something quite rare in Hawaii). Up-and-coming Oahu model Breeana Winters dons chic layers and sleek separates from Hawaii-based brands Allison Izu, Rumi Murakami and Ten Tomorrow—proving there can be more to our wardrobe than just bikinis.
Ten Tomorrow Lawrence Jumpsuit
Allison Izu Rachel Coat and Lulu Pant, Ten Tomorrow Joey Shirt Dress
Ten Tomorrow Elizabeth Button-Down Blouse and Pembroke Pleated Skirt, Rumi Murakami Cropped Sweater Top
Ten Tomorrow Natasha Crop Sweater and Mia Angled Leggings
Ten Tomorrow Skyler Chiffon Shift Dress
The Hawaii-based team behind this Maui editorial is a girl gang you should know. Photographer Bailey Rebecca Roberts recently moved back to her home state after nearly 10 years in New York, and Hawaii's creative scene is lucky to have her back. Bailey, along with stylist Ginny Slim (best known for her groovy label Sugarhigh Lovestoned), model Bruna Hort and makeup extraordinaire Kecia Littman, created some serious Maui magic.
Here, local label ACACIA Swimwear and other easy breezy island attire shines against the lesser-seen yet equally majestic Maui backdrop.
There's more to Maui than the oft-seen majestic waterfalls, beautiful blue skies and stunning coastline. There's Haleakala, for instance. The summit of this shield volcano—which accounts for more than 75 percent of the island—offers a breathtaking backdrop for exquisite fashions. (Plus, with temperatures ranging from 40-60°F, there's more to shoot than just bikinis!) Here, photographer IJfke Ridgley captures Maui girl Stephanie Foster at 10,000 ft. donning fierce furs, rich velvets and must-have metallics from Valley Isle-based brands Sugarhigh Lovestoned and Kojo Couture.
Festival season is officially upon us, and leave it to Maui-based Sugarhigh Lovestoned to get us into the groove. Whether you're starting your summer off at Coachella, heading to the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man at the end of August or just creating your own mini festival with friends, this badass brand's babydoll lace dresses, vintage tees and velvet jumpsuits will ensure you'll be outfitted for the trip of your life. Sugarhigh Lovestoned's Ginny Slim invites you to get on the bus, Gus.
A few weeks ago, we got wet and wild with lots of neon and neoprene at Oahu's picturesque Kaneohe sandbar. Six of us hopped on a boat and chased the sun with a mission to showcase some covetable water wear and chic suits that are both fashionable and functional.
Here, sexy sporty swim looks with a hint of 80s flair. It's electric.
As Valentine's Day approaches, it's only natural to think about flowers, chocolate and romance. But let's be honest, there's plenty of things we'd rather get (bikinis and beauty products, for example). Here are six Valentine's Day gifts you'll actually love. Gentlemen, take note!
1. DAMSELFLY YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE CANDLE VIA SHIPWRECKED KAUAI
2. TORI PRAVER TULUM TOP
3. LUNA AMANTE CACTUS VIA OWENS & CO.
4. KATE ALEXANDRA CHANNEL RING WITH PINK SAPPHIRES
5. FILTHY FARMGIRL FILTHY VALENTINE CARDAMOM ROSE SOAP
6. LEAHLANI SKINCARE BOHEMIAN RUBY BALANCING TONER WITH ROSE QUARTZ
Captivated, yet again, by the stunning work of IJfke Ridgley. This time, IJfke styled and photographed Alex Kate Knight on a stretch of beach on Oahu (for those who live here, you'll probably recognize it!) while Alex was on island shooting for Athleta. The stunning Aussie's strong eyebrows, golden hair and sun-kissed skin is only heightened by IJfke's ability to capture it all in the perfect light.
Cheeky grass skirts, bold haku lei, roadside fruit stands, flora and fauna prints—retro Hawaii at its finest. Photographer Ijfke Ridgley takes us on a journey from Oahu's North Shore to Chinaman's Hat and back again with this stunning 1970's style editorial that evokes the Hawaii of yesteryear.
Many people think of Hawaii as the land of palm trees, Mai Tai's and hula girls, but those of us who live in Honolulu know that there's a real urban lifestyle complete with high rise buildings, traffic-laden one-way streets and a thriving nightlife and art scene. To me, Honolulu is really the best of both worlds—a perfectly imperfect city by the beach.
A few weekends ago I got together with a few island-based creatives at Lana Lane Studios in Kakaako to create a street art editorial showcasing not only Hawaii's stunning model-of-the-moment, but also the amazing murals created by POW! WOW! artists.
Wander the streets of Kakaako with us and be inspired by the fashion and art scene of this urban island.
Travel back in time to the 1950s with this seaside glam photo shoot shot in Diamond Head, Oahu.
The talent and creative genius that can be found throughout these islands never ceases to amaze me. The four women behind this shoot absolutely nailed the 50s-style pin-up girl look—featuring red lipstick and pin-curl clips, high-waisted briefs and balconette tops. The Old Hollywood-meets-Hawaii feel is perfection, if you ask me.
A few weekends ago I spent the day in Waikiki with my friend Nova, the brains and beauty behind The 96815, an insider's guide to one of Honolulu's hottest neighborhoods. Nova has been sharing her favorite Waikiki finds for one year this July and thought The Breakers—a rare and charming low-rise option amongst the ever-growing skyline—was another hidden gem worth discovering. After spending time on the property, I couldn't agree more!
The hotel truly captures the essence of 1950s Hawaii, so it's fitting then that the fashions throughout this shoot were inspired by old-school styles (hello, floor-length kimono from Chinatown's Barrio Vintage!). Check out the shots below and transport yourself to this tucked-away tropical paradise.
Well it's officially summer, which means Fourth of July is right around the corner! This Independence Day, whether you're cruising through Kona or wading in the waves off of Waikiki, show off your patriotism sans the typical stars and stripes (but if you go that route, check out the sassy swimsuits via Mikinola). Here are a few red, white and blue looks to help you celebrate this holiday in style. See you at the beach!
Spell Designs, a cult-favorite Aussie brand based out of Byron Bay, recently released its Coyote photo shoot featuring a few items from its Festival '15 range. To my delight, Hawaii girl Nellie Anderson was in front of the lens, offering up her cool-girl vibe and natural beauty. I've shot with Nellie a few times and I can attest to her being as good-hearted and humble as she is strikingly beautiful. This bohemian babe is totally in her element in Topanga Canyon, decked out in free-spirited frocks, floppy hats and chunky turquoise jewelry.
There's something about spring and summer that gives me the travel bug and a quick trip to a neighbor island is all I need to be cured. This time, Maui was at the top of my list as I was itching to get back to Paia, one of my favorite places to cruise around for that hippie-chic, small town vibe with awesome local shops (Letarte, Tamara Catz and Nuage Bleu to name just a few...).
While packing for my trip, I found my suitcase overflowing with unnecessary items (do I really need three pairs of sunglasses? Will I really wear wedges? No). As I sat on my bedroom floor surrounded by heaps of swimsuits, cover ups and denim cut-offs, I realized I needed to edit my options. I could not justify taking anything larger than a carry on for a 5-day beach getaway. Since I've made a career out of doing just that—editing—I narrowed down my list of what to pack when island hopping.
Most of the clothing and accessories I ended up packing were multifunctional, jewelry was simple and accessories would work with a variety of outfits. Here's what's at the top of my packing list:
- Swimsuit that doubles as a top (gold palm trees? I'll never get over this Beach Riot one-piece)
- Classic pair of denim shorts (high-waisted is my current favorite style)
- Sunnies that go with every outfit (cat-eye styles look good on most face shapes!)
- Comfortable sandals you can take from day to night (espadrilles are also a good option)
- Large beach bag for your Mary Poppins moments
- Statement beach towel
- Mermaid fins for snorkeling adventures
- Travel-sized sunscreen (admittedly, my devotion to ACACIA runs deep)
- Good book (Valley of the Dolls will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, I try to stay ahead of the game!)
SHOP THE EDIT
It's no surprise that Hawaii is one of the most desirable backdrops for photo shoots and campaigns, but it's endlessly interesting to see the variety of ways in which the islands are portrayed through different lenses. Picturesque sunsets, grass skirts and lei are often used to showcase the essence of Hawaii, but it's the subtle hints that we who live here come to appreciate (aloha prints and surf culture still included, of course). Shot on the North Shore of Oahu, Vogue UK's April 2015 issue included these very subtleties in its Hawaii Five Oh editorial. Local model Mahina Garcia and pro surfers John John and Nate Florence sat alongside model Julia Bergshoeff, adding another layer of authenticity and aloha spirit.
Below, the 70s beach vibe that will certainly be infused into my summer wardrobe!
April marks the start of summer's music festival mania, with fashion-fave Coachella kicking it off in serious style. Inspired by Mara Hoffman's cactus dream and Issa de mar's 2015 tribe collection, I've rounded up drool worthy desert-inspired looks that work whether you to take the trek into Coachella Valley or stay local here in the Valley Isle.
SHOP THE EDIT HAWAII'S DESERT-INSPIRED PICKS
1. SPELL DESIGNS DESERT ROSE PLAYSUIT VIA BIKINI BIRD
2. A VIE BOHEME NAVAJO TRAVEL YOGA RUG VIA OLIVINE BEACH BOUTIQUE
3. LOVELY BIRD BRAIDED FEATHER SAN MIGUEL HAT VIA BEACH WAHINE
4. ISSA DE MAR SANAA ONE PIECE
5. MARA HOFFMAN PONCHO SWEATER
6. MINNETONKA THUNDERBIRD II VIA ROBINS SHOES
7. TORCHLIGHT MAYLA TURQUOISE CUFF VIA WE ARE ICONIC
8. AVALON MEXICAN FRINGE HANDBAG VIA ROBERTA OAKS
PS: Are you going to Coachella? For more festival fashion, don't forget to check out Kaikini's #StyledforCoachella packages!
The much anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit "Made in the U.S.A." images are live and creating quite a buzz. By now, I'm sure we've all seen Hannah Davis on the cover, but even more exciting is the number of Hawaii brands featured on these flawless beach babes!
Think ACACIA, Hayhay Couture, Issa de Mar, Letarte, Maui Girl, San Lorenzo and Tori Praver.
If you can take your eyes of the suits for just a moment, check out the gorge locations throughout the U.S.—Route 66, the South West and West Coast, and the islands of Captiva, Saint John and of course Kauai—for a serious case of wanderlust.
Though not one for unrealistic resolutions, after going through these images I'm definitely inspired to make this 2015 my best year yet. In my case that means eating healthier, working out harder and packing my bags (full of swimsuits, that is) to explore more. What about you?
A few weeks ago Honolulu Night Market kicked off the new year with a focus on new beginnings and clean slates. Stylist Rance China took this "Refresh" theme and ran with it (in neon-colored sneakers, no less). The monochromatic looks were super sleek and sporty, a trend that was seen on the Spring 2015 runways from the likes of Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Versace.
To mix it up, Rance introduced subtle pops of color peeking through sheer tops and low-rise bottoms, and even in the makeup (models donned a thin bright line across the bridge of their nose).
Rance styled looks for both women and men with items from Honolulu-based boutiques and brands About the Goods, Basique Threads, Dolce, The Cut Collective (Ten Tomorrow, Allison Izu, Rumi Murakami), Vizume and We Are Iconic.
Inspired by Rance's Refresh fashion show, I've rounded up some of my must-have athletic-inspired looks from other Hawaii and national brands.
Are you a fan of the sportswear trend?
Fashion show photographs by Matthew Colin
Makeup by Risa Hirano, Jasmine Mullins and Ashlee Valeros